They say you cannot truly grade a team draft class until four years has passed... Well it has been four years since the 2010 Draft Class came to the Desert, and we can finally give a grade to the unit. So without further ado, lets begin!
Round 1- Pick 26: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams was drafted to be a run stuffing monster. His tenure began on the wrong foot, as he reported to camp, overweight. This continued until the 2013 Season, where he finally came in at the right weight. He did not produce much in his first few years. 2010 and 2011 he was invisible much of the time. In 2012 the shift from invisible, to making plays began, and in 2013 he hit his stride. He took two years to become the player we expected, but he's becoming an anchor, as we witnessed where he was a key part in building the #1 Ranked Rush Defense in the NFL this season.
Round 2- Pick 47: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
Washington quickly became a key member of the defense. With Gerald Hayes obvious age struggles in 2010, Washington began to take 1st team snaps midseason, and eventually became the starter by the end. Fans were glad, as we had a youthful linebacker who would replace Karlos Dansby. In 2011 Washington posted 107 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions. Come 2012 he stepped up his game even further, posting 134 tackles, nine sacks, and forced three turnovers.
Washington has established himself as one of the top young inside backers in the NFL today. His off the field concerns during the 2013 offseason is cause for concern, but something many expect to not be repeated.
Round 3- Pick 88: Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel
Roberts was brought in to add depth. Arizona already had Fitzgerald, an up and coming Steve Breaston, and Anquan Boldin 2.0, Early Doucet. Doucet struggled with drops and remaining healthy, and Breaston struggled due to sitting behind Fitzgerald and a struggling Quarterback unit.
Roberts would eventually find himself in the starting lineup come Christmas time, and exploded, helping the Cardinals beat the Cowboys, 27-26. Since than however, the emergence of Michael Floyd, having to battle with other guys year in and year out, and a changing of the flag, Roberts has seen his role with the offense diminished. Roberts has been nothing short of average.
Round 4- Pick 130: O'Brien Schofield, DE/OLB, University of Wisconsin
Schofield never found his footing in the desert. He showed us glimpses of being a steal, after his ACL injury during the Senior Bowl, but he could never remain on the field for more than a handful of games, before another injury. He was cut during the Cardinals 2013 Training Camp.
Round 5- Pick 155: John Skelton, QB, Fordham
Skelton was a fan favorite. In 2010 he showed us that he could potentially lead the franchise to good years. In 2011, he showed us the same thing, forging an 8-8 season, after a 1-6 start. However... the wheels fell of the track in 2012. He accumulated a rating of 55.4, threw for two touchdowns and nine interceptions. He could not find a permanent home in 2013, moving from team to team, and not being able to make it onto even teams that were desperate for QB's.
Round 6- Pick 201: Jorrick Calvin, CB, Troy
Umm... This guy did not even make the roster. He was replaced by Marshay Green and A.J, Jefferson, two undrafted free agents. When you're replacement is Marshay Green, you know you're pretty horrible.
Round 7- Pick 233: Jim Dray, TE, Stanford
Not many 7th rounders are on the team after four years, let alone survive a coaching and front office change in that same time span. Dray was called by Bruce Arians, the most consistent TE on the roster. It's truth. Dray won't beat you with world class speed, or make the Jimmy Graham type catches, but he's as reliable as they come.
Overall Grade: C-
The class has it's stars, but it was mired by inconsistency and missed picks. Luckily the 2011 draft class fared much better.